NRMA blasts rest area situation

NRMA slams poor state of NSW rest areas, telling the State Government to install facilities on two key routes

Peak motoring body NRMA has criticised the poor state of rest areas in NSW, telling the State Government to install facilities on the F6 and Princes Highway.

NRMA Director Michael Tynan says key freight routes are starved of major rest areas, which he says should have 15 parking spaces and separate parking for heavy and light vehicles.

He says there is a lack of suitable areas on the F6 despite the fact it is used to cart freight to and from Port Kembla.

Tynan as also questioned why the Princes Highway, which stretches 530km, does not have one major rest area in compliance with Austroads standards.

The NRMA has labelled unacceptable that there are no toilet facilities between Sydney and Nowra accessible by truck drivers.

Tynan has joined truck industry representatives in calling for greater efforts on rest areas to cope with the expected growth in the freight task.

"We need more rest stops in place to cope with the anticipated increase in trucks and keep all motorists safe on the road," he says.

"As well as more toilet facilities, the NRMA believes better signposting of facilities and distances between rest areas is needed."

Similar to comments made by other industry groups, the NRMA says truck drivers need more facilities to comply with fatigue management regulations.

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